By SJ Spence
President Eisenhower warned the citizens of the USA about the military industrial complex in his farewell address to the nation in 1961.
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsouught, by the military-industrial-complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties, or the democratic processes.
We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizeenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States of America